Friday, September 08, 2017

Thank you Microsoft

Thank you so much for the free trial for 180 days on SharePoint 2013, SQL Server and Windows 2008 R2 Standard , It was really helpful to sharpen my skills in SharePoint , Office 365 technologies . Without this offer, I would n't done this much. I was about to reinstall the another installation on my machine. But I feel guilty of doing so with out saying BIG THANKS to Microsoft . 

Thanks a lot Microsoft. 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Office Deployment Tool XML Generator

The Office 2016 Deployment Tool allows the administrator to customize and manage Office 2016 Click-to-Run deployments.

 This tool will help administrators to manage installations sources, product/language combinations, and deployment configuration options for Office Click-to-Run.

By default, an end user can download the Office 365 pro plus Software (Office 2013 or Office 2016 desktop application) from the after validating their credential on tenancy.

If they are assigned relevant license to use the Office 365 Pro plus, they can download it on their desktop , laptop or mobile devices including tablet and smart phones including iOS, Android and Windows phone.

This approach is called "Self-provisioning", But most of organization wants to control and manage this . So IT administrative guys in your organization can create the automated script to download and install the setup on their user machine.

Download Office 2013 Deployment Tool (ODT)

Once you extracted the downloaded file you will see the setup.exe and configuration.xml file in the folder.

IT guys can update this configuration file by adding the relevant XML node with attributes.

To simplify this process, Office Dev team has developed the page where you can select and type the relevant values , upon clicking the save button the XML string will be generated. You can easily copy the XML text into configuration.xml file and then install the setup.exe.

Office 365 Pro plus Configuration XML Editor


Monday, August 14, 2017

Microsoft Delve Quick Info

Microsoft Delve is a powerful dashboard based service available with in Office365 subscription [ E1,E3,E5 and Business Premium and Business Essential].
This will bring the all documents that you working on and Sharing with you from different Office365 products such as OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online Document library.

Often Delve is to  be believed a storage kind of services like OneDrive for personal or OneDrive for Business. It just a Dashboard page to bring all the documents through Office Graph API.

In Delve, you can also manage  your  profile and organize your documents by creating the Delve Board, quick edit , sharing and filtering based on the document types and it nature.

Delve enforce the audit compliance and security , You can able to see only the documents that has been shared with you. Your private documents and conversation will not be shown to other users.

Try this link to explore the Office 365 Delve :

If your organization enabled the new features available to end user through settings (Office 365 Admin Center -->Settings--> Organization Profile -->Release Preference), you can see the Delve dashboard otherwise you will see the mysite page.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

serviceHostingEnvironment serviceActivations could not be found

Server Error in / 'WCF application. The type 'WCFNameService.ClassName' provided as the Service attribute value in the ServiceHost directive, or provided in the configuration
element system.serviceModel/serviceHostingEnvironment/serviceActivations could not be found.

Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.


This simple exception started to nagging me nearly 30 minutes. It error message were so clear and precise, that the name namespace in my service and the class implementation is not available.

I have double checked every thing is fine and my solution also rebuild without error and warning. Still I am not able to access the service end point.

To resolve this problem,

Open your service end point file in markup mode, hitting the F7 key is handy.
Check the Service and Code behind attributes are correctly pointing the namespace and class.

In my case, both are correct, still I am not able to access the service end point (.svc) file with ?wsdl query parameter on my IIS hosted WCF service application.

Solution is very straight forward, you simply need to "Rebuild the Solution" not just project.

Later I have realized, without rebuild the solution, I have started the IIS hosting process on my server.

Skipping this simple step, took my nearly an hour .

Hope it will be useful to someone.